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Joint Media Release

Attorney-General The Hon Robert McClelland MP

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research The Hon Kim Carr MP

15 October 2008

CHILDREN LEARN MORE ABOUT TSUNAMI AT QUESTACON An innovative new tsunami awareness show aimed at helping school children understand this potentially disastrous force of nature has been launched at Questacon - the National Science and Technology Centre - in Canberra.

Developed by Emergency Management Australia (EMA), the show is attracting great reviews from visiting school groups and members of the public.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has praised the cooperation provided by Questacon to run the educational show.

“Community awareness of potential threats, such as tsunami and other natural disasters, is so important if we are going to build resilience in Australia,” Mr McClelland said.

“The Rudd Government is determined that greater cooperation exists when it comes to preparing for natural disasters. From school children to parents, and emergency volunteers to governments, everyone can learn more and do their bit to protect communities.”

This initiative, a joint venture between the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia, forms part of the Australian Tsunami Warning System (ATWS) project, complementing existing education campaigns across Australia.

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research said Questacon aimed to inspire Australians to understand more about science and innovation.

“This new initiative engages and educates young people, stimulating awareness and conversations about this important topic,” Senator Carr said.

The show presenters engage audience members through the use of graphics, demonstrations and interactive activities. Featured topics include tsunami origin, myths, causes, history, natural warning signs, the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre and community safety.

For further information about the Questacon Tsunami Awareness Show, contact the Questacon general enquiries line on (02) 6270 2800.

Media Contacts: Adam Sims - Mr McClelland’s office - 0419 480 224 Alastair Wilson - EMA Media Liaison - 0408 606 462 Michelle Canning - Questacon - 0417 011 338